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General Counsel and Director of Land – IRAC

Nov 10, 2017











The Prince Edward Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission is seeking a General Legal Counsel and Director of Land to fill a senior role to provide legal advice to the commissioners, Chair/CEO and Vice-Chair in dealing with the Commission’s role in the administration of the Lands Protection Act and in dealing with the regulation of electrical utilities, petroleum industry and other industries regulated by the Commission.  The General Counsel and Director of Land will also be responsible for directing all appellate services offered by the Commission for appeals under the Planning Act and other legislation.


  • Law degree from a recognized university, supplemented by extensive experience as a practicing lawyer, preferably in land and administrative law;
  • Practicing Member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island (or eligible for practicing membership);
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills with capacity for complex problem solving and decision-making;
  • Proven interpersonal, leadership, business management and communication skills are required;
  • Exceptional conflict resolution, negotiation and consensus building skills;
  • Superior written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience in management/supervision would be an asset; and
  • Experience dealing with regulated industries would be an asset.

Primary Duties:

  • Provide legal advice, acting in the role of in-house counsel to the Commission, dealing with regulatory and statutory matters;
  • Develop and maintain a professional working relationship between the Commission, various levels of government and agencies, colleague boards, relevant national boards and organizations, regulated industries and utilities, and the public at large;
  • Ensure the Commission has appropriate information to make informed and timely recommendations on applications pursuant to the Land Protection Act;
  • Direct the investigation process pursuant to section 15 of the Lands Protection Act;
  • Direct the annual landholding disclosure process pursuant to Lands Protection Act;
  • Responsible to direct all hearing and appellate functions and ensure that the functions including adjudication, mediation and settlement functions are carried out in an effective, efficient and timely manner;
  • Ensure all matters to be heard by the Commission are thoroughly analyzed for factual accuracy, compliance with established policies, completeness and clarity;
  • Primary responsibility to develop framework for rules and procedures for applications, hearings and appeals to ensure adherence to statute;
    Ensure process and protocols are in place for applications, appeals and hearings which are efficient and effective, so that matters are dealt with in a consistent and timely manner, and at the appropriate level;
  • Oversee appropriate drafting of high quality and timely decisions and orders;
    Directly manage and supervise staff including; Appeals Administrator and LPA Analysts
    Prepare and/or supervise the preparation of proposed tribunal rules and regulations, and policy papers in those areas regulated by the Commission;
  • Direct the drafting of new and amended divisional legislation and regulations for submission to the Commission, and following Commission approval, to the appropriate authorities; and
  • Oversee the engagement of consultants and legal counsel.


  • Provide legal advice and guidance to the Commission on legal and procedural matters related to in-house counsel responsibilities;
  • Determine when to advise Chair/CEO of potentially sensitive regulatory matters arising in areas of responsibility;
  • Recommend legislative changes related to regulatory areas;
  • Recommend the most effective and efficient structure and procedures for regulatory matters, hearings and appellate matters;
  • Provide direction and advice on matters related to adjudication, mediation and settlements;
  • Determine if written decisions are complete and accurate; and
  • Recommend best practices to Chair/CEO that will ensure records management and information technology effectively supports the hearing and appellate functions within the Commission.

This position provides an excellent opportunity for professional growth and offers opportunity for expanded expertise in regulatory and administrative law. The General Counsel will participate in extensive continuing education programs and inter-provincial meetings which require travel out of province.

The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission offers a competitive salary and benefits package with a salary range of $51.29 to $64.10 per hour (Level 26S Excluded Position).  Qualified candidates are invited to submit a detailed résumé and cover letter in confidence no later than 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, November 24, 2017.

1 Harbourside Brecken Building
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8R4
T (902) 626-2500
F (902) 626-2532

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